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National Writing Project Partners in Initiative with John Legend and MacArthur Foundation

Publication: The Hollywood Reporter
Date: August 14, 2014

Summary: In partnership with LRNG Innovation—an offshoot of John Legend's Show Me Campaign—and the MacArthur Foundation, the National Writing Project and Educator Innovator will be sponsoring a LRNG Innovation Challenge, investing in teams of teachers who are working to expand the time and space students have to create, explore, and follow their interests and passions.


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John Legend made a startling discovery during his junior year in high school: He could write. 'It was a big revelation, the chart-topping musician tells THR. 'My teacher made storytelling come alive for me and showed me that I could be a storyteller, too.'

Which explains why Legend, 35, is launching a program called LRNG (pronounced "learning") -- an offshoot of his 7-year-old anti-poverty Show Me Campaign -- to help educators in New York City, and eventually throughout the country, develop tech-friendly teaching practices that make sense for 21st century students. Working in partnership with the National Writing Project, Legend's latest initiative encourages educators to think in new ways about their jobs and sets up methods for them to stay connected to one another with mentoring and idea-sharing programs.

'We already know that if kids have great teachers, the chances of them going forward and doing great things go up significantly,' says the "All of Me" singer-songwriter. 'Instead of celebrating heroic teachers, we need to share best learning practices so that all of our teachers can be better, access what's working in other classrooms and uplift the entire profession.'"

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